North Philadelphia Woman Dies in House Fire

The home was loaded with fire hazards including kerosene and electrical heaters.


An elderly woman was killed after fire raced through her North Philadelphia home this weekend.

Firefighters had to cut through bars on the windows and doors to get in to the home on the 3300 block of North 16th Street Sunday.

Once inside, they said they found the victim dead on the first floor.

Investigators said there were fire hazards everywhere.

"The place is just loaded with anything you can imagine -- kerosene heaters, two and three in a room, electrical heaters, unplugged some, some plugged all over the place -- everything we say not to do," Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.

There is no word on what sparked the fire.

There were no smoke detectors in the home.

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